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sb8880
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   Posted 6/25/2015 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. I'm a 52 YO female, with many and varied symptoms. I've never really talked to my doc much about my problems as they normally come and go, although some last longer than others. Once I opened up at my physical I got a stern lecture about holding back things... I love my PC Doc. Anyway, after hearing my list of complaints he suspects Lupus. He ran an ANA With Cascade test and I have the results, but have no idea what I'm looking at. I've scoured the internet looking for answers, but it's all so confusing!!! I know the only person that can diagnose me is a doctor, and I do have a rheumatologist appointment July 9th, which sounds forever away to me. Plus after reading about people having doctor visits for (sometimes) years before a diagnosis.... yeeks! I'm not a big fan of doctors and run-arounds, so I'm dreading the process I'm afraid I'm about to go through.
I have many symptoms, joint pain which is at times extreme, swelling of my hands and feet, swelling of my ankles, memory and concentration problems which is totally unlike me, fatigue and near zero energy, had a bout of UTI's that finally ceased, intolerance to heat, the sun wears me out and drains me completely however doesn't seem to cause rashes, blurry and double vision, MRI results showing brain plaque in my arteries, headaches, bronchitis/pneumonia at least once a year, and an overall sense of feeling like poo. Symptoms come and go. I've always felt like a hypochondriac complaining to my hubby and adult daughter to the point I try to hold it in and not let them know how bad it sometimes is. They're very understanding, very supportive, but I feel like a total whiny butt.
I got my results back and am wondering if anyone else has had results similar or can explain what they mean or what they THINK they mean. Again, I realize no one can diagnose me except a doctor, but any input I could gain from you who have been through this would be soooo greatly appreciated.
Here are my results, for what it's worth...

Antinuclear Ab Reflex Cascade

ANA Direct POSITIVE ABNORMAL

Anti-DNA (DS) Ab Qn. <1 (Norm 0 - 9)

Smith Antibodies <0.2 AI (Norm 0.0 - 0.9)

Smith/RNP Antibodies <0.2 AI (Norm 0.0 - 0.9)

Antichromatin Antibodies <0.2 AI (Norm 0.0 - 0.9)

RNP ANTIBODIES 6.6 HIGH AI (Norm 0.0 - 0.9)

After this follows a list of Autoimmune Diseases with percentages that make no sense to me.

Can anyone please help? I'm ready for my appointment, have a list of every ache, pain, symptom and what have you and am just wanting them to tell me that I'm not crazy. In fact, I honestly think I'd feel relieved knowing I'm justified in my complaints! lol

Please, someone????

Blessings and Goodwill,
Becky

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   Posted 6/25/2015 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Does it say what the results of the ANA are? It should be something like 1:64, 1:128, 1:256 ... some sort of number like that. Otherwise these results are normal, except for the RNP. "A positive result for RNP antibodies is consistent with a connective tissue disease."

Autoimmune diseases cannot be diagnosed by a single blood test, or even a bunch of blood tests - they are diagnosed by combining your symptoms with tests in a process of elimination. The auto-immune diseases with the percentages are the likelihoods you have each disease, but the symptoms will be what tells the rheumy what you may actually have.

Check out the Diagnosing Lupus link below, and read Lupus 101 - but sounds like you already have your lists of symptoms ready for the rheumy appt! July 9th will be here before you know it.
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sb8880
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   Posted 6/26/2015 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
No, there's no numbers listed anywhere other than the ones I put in my post. At first all they gave me was the percentages and a call from the doctors office telling me the results were abnormal and he was referring me out to a rheumatologist. I actually went by the lab today and asked for a more detailed printout. Maybe now I need to go back and ask for the numbers you mentioned? Is there a specific name for those numbers?
I did the 4/11 test (online) and hit 7 of them.

Guess I'll wait until the 9th and start the process with the rheumatologist.

Becky20
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   Posted 6/26/2015 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
The number you are looking for is the ANA titer and pattern if available. Some dr's office's use their own labs with their own results. For example my PCP had lab work done by the hospital, which provided me with 1:320 ana titer and homogeneous pattern. My 1st rheumy has their own lab and gave me an ANA number of 15 (normal range 0-10). 15 made no sense whatsoever to me or my PCP or the 2nd rheumy other than that it was high. Good luck with your rheumy!
Diagnosed with SLE lupus October 2014.

sb8880
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   Posted 6/26/2015 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Becky20, that makes more sense to me. My doctors office has a lab in their offices, and nowhere on the printout is there an ANA titer number or anything about a pattern. I'm going to call and see if they have more information that just didn't print on to what they gave me. Most likely I'll have to wait for the rheumatologist to run their own set of test.
I appreciate the help!!!

rajaenchen
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   Posted 6/26/2015 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello sb8880. I'm just starting on the lyme blog since that is something I supposedly have, but there are many other diseases (I'm told) that can be associated with lyme, one is lupus. I recently went to New York to be "double checked" to make sure I wasn't misdiagnosed or that the LLMD had missed something else.

I was shocked to see the blood work (only a few tests) come back possibly indicating I may have Lupus. I have to wait until July 15th to go over the test results for both the lyme and the other tests. This would definitely be something caught by accident... like the brain tumor they found last year.

The tests that startled me were: ANA Titer 1:80, ANA Pattern Speckled.
Complement Tot: 184 (Range is 60-144) The order was done to a positive ANA (lab sheet)
Antinuclear Antibody Screen - result positive (ANA) positive
Cardiolipin apears neg (5) range is 0-14

I appologize, I don't understand the other tests (maybe associated with lupus?) since so many were done to clear me of other things.
I don't know if this helps, but I'm very unclear too!.

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   Posted 6/26/2015 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Just because you have a positive ANA does not mean you have Lupus! Stay calm and keep breathing! It means you might have some sort of auto-immune disease. Lupus or other auto-immune disease is diagnosed by symptoms, where +ANA is just one of several possible symptoms. Blood work is no more important than symptoms with these kinds of diseases.

Check out Lupus 101, there is a somewhat lengthy post talking about ANA and what it means and doesn't mean, and what the pattern (speckled, homogenous, peripheral, rim, nucleolar, etc) can indicate.

Let us know if you have specific questions after reading that!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
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sb8880
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   Posted 6/26/2015 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes Lynnwood, I understand that a positive ANA doesn't mean you actually have Lupus. It was my SYMPTOMS that caused the doc to run the ANA to begin with. I've read the information, but it's still confusing. Just so much to take in!

rjaechen, I hope you find answers and relief soon! Sounds like you're in the same boat, waiting for a doctor to explain it all and come up with a solution.

Right now my fingers & hips have EXTREME pain. I slept 14 hours last night, whereas I once only slept 5-6 hours a night. I definitely have a rash on my face, looks like a nice little sunburn. I've had it for sometime.

I'll include you in my prayers tonight, I wish you luck!!!


I will wait for my appointment in a few weeks and not bother anyone anymore. Thank you for responding.

Blessings,
Becky

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   Posted 6/26/2015 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Is your finger & hip pain muscular or in the joints? Actually, either kind of pain can be from Lupus or an auto-immune disease. Sometimes we can get a bit of relief by making sure we are drinking enough water (to help wash out toxins) and soaking in warm Epsom salt water. An anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen is more likely to help than a pain-killer like acetaminophen.

Facial rash is very common, try to avoid the sun, and even florescent lights. Exhaustion - ie sleeping what seems like forever and still being tired - is also common. Try to eat healthy, maybe avoid sugars & carbs too close to bedtime, get a little exercise, even just walking to the mailbox, drink plenty of water - make sure the bedroom is dark, quiet and cool. These are just little things that sometimes help while we are waiting for diagnosis and/or meds to help us out.

Try not to worry while you wait for the rheumatologist appointment. These are very difficult diseases to understand and diagnose, and unfortunately they present differently in every patient. Even a rheumy often takes months to make a diagnosis and partially diagnoses based on a bit of trial-and-error by seeing which medications give us relief.

I'm sorry, you don't sound like I've been able to help much with the confusion. I hate that you say you'll go away and not bother anyone anymore - is there something specific I can help you with? You aren't a bother at all, but it seems perhaps we aren't communicating well. I'd like to be helpful....
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sb8880
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   Posted 6/26/2015 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Not at all Lynnwood, I appreciate your responses!!! I just sometimes feel like I'm a whiny brat because I can't really express to my family how this feels. They're great, very supportive, but I get tired of hearing myself whine, so feel that they must also. lol. And everyone here has been diagnosed and I'm just in limbo waiting, so I just have to wait on my appointment to start the process. I don't think as clearly as I once did, sometimes it's worse than other times, so maybe I'm not communicating very well.
I've increased the stock for CVS with the amount of Epsom salts I've bought this past year! It helps some, but you hit the nail on the head when you said dark cool bedroom! Living in SC is tough, our heat sometimes unbearable. My husband, bless his heart, knew that I was still struggling with heat with the central air going, so he installed a window unit in our room. It's helped me immensely but he freezes.
Thank you again for your responses. I do soooo appreciate them!

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   Posted 6/26/2015 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I understand your cooling issues. I live in Northeast Georgia and I can't take this heatwave. During the day my AC is going full tilt and I'm sitting in a room with a large fan blowing on high with a ceiling fan spinning away. And I'm still hot!
Joy
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Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

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   Posted 6/27/2015 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
lol. I keep it so cold in the bedroom that I have an electric blanket on the other side for bed partners. And forgo other things so I can pay the electric bill.

"Deep restorative sleep" is SO important with Lupus, I can't even tell you. Many of us find that although we are sleeping a lot, it isn't quality sleep, and we end up using some variety of 'sleep aid'. (This is in addition to Lupus meds to get the disease under control.)

In my case, it's a huge dose of Trazodone, about 3x what anyone else takes, but I'm back to sleeping 10 hours & feeling good. Much much better than sleeping all night & all day & feeling tired, which is what it was at my worst.
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sb8880
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   Posted 6/27/2015 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes Yes Yes!!! Oh I feel so much better knowing it's not "hormones" like first suggested. I had to have a radical hysterectomy in my early 30's so I knew it wasn't menopause, or at least didn't think so. I've never been one to "argue" with a doctor, but must admit I've left their offices on many occasions thinking they were full of poo. I know my body, what's normal, what's not... Always had EXTREMELY low blood pressure (CCU for 2 weeks because of it) and now all of a sudden my BP has went up to the "low" high range. Not normal for me, not at all. Not sure if that's related to this or not?
I've not bought my husband an electric blanket for fear it'll get pushed over onto my side, lol. But he sure hunkers down into the covers. I've offered to sleep in the guest room but he doesn't want that.
Yes, my sleep is a lot of the times not quality, even though it's quantity. Makes for afternoon naps or lethargy. My rash on my face is more prominent today, but not ANYTHING like I've seen in some of the pictures on the Internet.
Yesterday afternoon my fingers were so painful I couldn't stand it any longer and went to my PC. He had a look and immediately ordered a shot of prednisone and then gave me 7 days worth (50mg per day) and I took the first dose last night. I can report that already it's helped, they're still a little stiff, but not nearly as painful.
Thank you thank you thank you for letting me vent and whine. Easier to do with y'all than with my family/friends for some reason.

Have a wonderful day!!!

Blessings,
Becky

sb8880
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   Posted 6/27/2015 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
BTW, I never answered the hip question and I apologize! The pain is DEFINITELY in the joint, like way down deep. Seems better today however, maybe the Prednisone helped it as well or it's just behaving....

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   Posted 6/27/2015 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Prednisone is probably helping the hip as well. Prednisone usually ramps people UP, so if you can take it in the morning you'll be better off - it'll keep you awake. Otherwise, by day 7 at 50 mg you won't be sleeping at all!!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
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sb8880
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   Posted 6/27/2015 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the advice, otherwise I'd of continued taking it in the evening with my allergy meds, Nexium, and Vitamin D. The doc never said when, just said once a day take 50 mg (5 little pills) so that's what I did. Going NOW to get my dose for the day!!!

Again, thank you so much for the advice, you may have saved me from sleepless nights!!!

Blessings!!!!!!!

mauihawaii
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   Posted 6/27/2015 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sb8880,

I actually saw your question posted in the Lupus forum as I was getting ready to click on the Lyme forum. I have Lyme, have had it for 30 years although I only finally got a diagnosis in fall of 2014. I have had most of your symptoms at one point or another, as well as multitudes of misdiagnoses. The top 5 misdiagnoses for someone who really has Lyme (and I've had many of these only to learn that I actually don't) are: Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Migraine, a Mental Health issue, and MS.

I am in no way suggesting you don't have Lupus! I just wanted to echo what member Rajaenchen said above: it's really good to try to eliminate every other possibility before embracing your diagnosis. As Lynnwood suggested, Doctors are still learning about these mysterious diseases too. There really are many autoimmune diseases that look just like lyme, or lupus. It's important they learn about every single one of your symptoms to help them make a diagnosis. Blood tests can't always tell the whole story, although they can help.

You may want to ask for a Lyme test as well at your appointment, if you haven't already. (But they are notorious for coming back as a false negative: as many as 50-60% of all Lyme tests that should show a positive come back negative because of their poor design.) The only trustworthy labs are Stonybrook and IGeneX, in my own long- and drawn-out experience. I got many many negative tests from other junky but well-reputed labs until the two above finally got it right. You can learn lots about that in the "New to Lyme" thread at the top of the Lyme forum.

On a separate note: please know that you are NOT a hypochondriac! This is a word that most of us with chronic illnesses have heard our whole lives/entire illness--from doctors, family members, friends. You KNOW your body and you know something is not right. Don't worry about being too pushy with doctors! It is YOUR life and YOUR health, you are right to question and challenge until you get answers. And most of us on all of these boards understand & welcome 'whining'--this is a hard road to travel. This is what most of us have had to learn the hard way.... I hope all goes well at your next appointment, that you get clear answers, and that you can start your road to healing!

Best,

MauHawaii
1984? Grade school bite in HI
1984-2014: Headaches/frequent flu/insomnia/bad memory/dizziness/allergies/nausea/joint, foot pain/vertigo/teeth decay"from inside"/extreme fatigue/heart palpitations/depersonalization/heat,light,noise sensitivity
8.14: Add weak, heavy legs/dyslexia
10.14: CDC IgM: 23+ 41+
11.14: IGX IgM: 23+ 39+ 41++ 58+ 83/93+ 31IND IgG: 41+ 58++ 31IND
Doxy,Amoxi,Zithro-->Plateaued

Post Edited (mauihawaii) : 6/27/2015 5:56:28 PM (GMT-6)


sb8880
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   Posted 6/27/2015 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
MauHawaii - thank you for your kindness! Actually made me tear up, and I'm glad there are still kind helping people out there. This board is FULL of them.

I will definitely request a Lyme test. This "go-round" of symptoms have been by far my worst as pain and such goes. The sunlight is a huge issue, we're outdoorsy people and love boating, gardening, etc... Since my doc ran the ANA test and I've done a lot of reading I've done my best to avoid sun, but wow, what a lifestyle change! I'm so used to spending 70% of my time outdoors! Always before (sheesh I seem to say that a lot the past 2 weeks) I attributed my fatigue and such to just being drained from being outside too long. But, maybe there's something to it, I don't know.

Why oh why can't there just be a blood test that tells you EVERYTHING from hangnails to Lupus, to Lyme, to cancer or heart failure??? We'd all live longer more painless lives!!! lol

Thank you for responding and I'll definitely follow up with my doc.... Would I ask my PC or the rheumatologist about running that test?

mauihawaii
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   Posted 6/27/2015 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
You are so welcome. :-) I almost didn't answer because I don't want to steer you down a wrong path or make anyone angry on this Lupus forum! It's just that I had no answers until I found this HealingWell site so I'm trying to help others the way I've been helped. I hear you, there have been sooo many lifestyle changes: I also can't handle the sun/heat anymore. So tough in summer. :( And AMEN to your comments about a universal blood test!!! I've heard there are actually a couple in development. Fingers crossed!

Your PC (who sounds great) or Rheumy can draw the blood for you and send in to either lab. Stonybrook accepts insurance but you have to ask your PC if s/he will work with Stonybrook, as your doc probably already has another lab that they work with. Stonybrook used to have a state-of-the-art lyme research lab so they were the go-to lab for these tests and got much better results than other labs. But they no longer have that research lab, from my understanding... Your doc can contact them, or you can. They still do the basic lyme test. That's how I got my first positive test (CDC results below).

IGenex does not accept insurance, and their basic Lyme test is $200: you can then submit the receipt to your insurance for reimbursement. As far as Lymies go, IGeneX is the gold standard we look to for diagnosis. And even they can't make the diagnosis sometimes... Call IGeneX at 800.832.3200 or 650.424.1191 and someone will answer right away. They will mail you the kit for free to take to your doc with the forms to have the blood drawn. A doc must send it back to them--you can't do that part yourself.

Sometimes docs unfamiliar with Lyme aren't comfortable working with IGeneX lab (due to false rumors that IGeneX tests 'always' come back positive or that the lab isn't reputable), in which case you can go to any local clinic or hospital to have the blood drawn & sent back. IGeneX has a better result rate for those of us who actually have Lyme because they use a much more sophisticated and thorough testing procedure than all other labs in the US. That's how I got my second positive test result (below in my signature) that was much more detailed than my Stonybrook result.. It will take 3 weeks to get your results from them.

Well, I don't want to hijack your thread here all about Lyme so please feel free to check out that forum as well, if it's not too overwhelming. Or, email me anytime if you have more questions or just want to connect. :-)

Maui
1984? Grade school bite in HI
1984-2014: Headaches/frequent flu/insomnia/bad memory/dizziness/allergies/heat,light,noise sensitivity/teeth decay"from inside"/joint, foot pain/nausea/extreme fatigue/vertigo/heart palpitations/depersonalization
8.14: Add weak, heavy legs/dyslexia
10.14: CDC IgM: 23+ 41+
11.14: IGX IgM: 23+ 39+ 41++ 58+ 83/93+ 31IND IgG: 41+ 58++ 31IND
Doxy,Amoxi,Zithro-->Plateaued

Post Edited (mauihawaii) : 6/27/2015 2:00:06 PM (GMT-6)


sb8880
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   Posted 7/9/2015 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I finally got to see the rheumatologist today. She advised that the blood work done wasn't enough, and ordered more. This new test will include the elusive titer # (ratio) everyone has talked about. However, she seems pretty confident that it's not Lupus, and said she's leaning towards Fibromyalgia. You know, the syndrome that everyone gets diagnosed with but many think isn't even a real thing, including many doctors.
Trust me, I'm glad she's thinking Lupus isn't my problem, however being told its most likely Fibromyalgia seems almost like saying "It's just normal aches and pains, so suck it up buttercup."
I did ask about being tested for Lyme but she said that Lyme is extremely rare, especially in South Carolina. When I tried to tell her we'd been stationed in the northeast (Connecticut) twice its like she didn't pay much attention to it.
So - I just want to thank everyone for the responses, but unless the new tests come back with a big surprise I don't see a reason to continue on your board. But again, thank you for the answers and support. Good luck to you all, I wish you nothing but great health!!!

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   Posted 9/3/2015 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello sb8880

I have been through many of the same tests you have. Have many many of the same aches/pains and issues going on as well. After 12 vials of blood from the Rheumy, I had an abnormality in the cardiolipin Antibody and she wanted it re run in 12 weeks to see what it turns out as. In the mean time she diagnosis me with Fibro (I hate that diagnosis just as much as you do)

In the mean time through out all of this, I met a gal who has chronic Lyme disease. She begged with me to get tested (the correct way with Igenex in Ca and not the normal lyme test from your clinic as they are at least 60% false negatives) Well I found the money (as it is out of pocket) and I had the test done. I am positive for Lyme, in fact I have chronic Lyme disease, which means I have had it for quite some time, yet my body was fighting it (not winning yet fighting it) until I had a massive cervical spine surgery last June 2014. That surgery put me over the edge and ALL my symptoms multiplied by 10. Since that surgery and going down hill fast, I have doctor/specialist jumped and even had 6 trips to the Mayo Clinic. Nobody would say anything is wrong with me! I felt like I was losing my mind.

Well, after finally getting the results back from Igenex and showing that I am positive for Lyme (and btw, I was tested for Lyme by my primary Dr. and that test came back negative) I am now seeing a Lyme Literate MD (LLMD) these are medical doctors who basically are putting their license on the line every time they write a prescription for a diagnosis of chronic Lyme as the CDC does not believe chronic Lyme exists! Just Lyme and they say 3 weeks of antibiotics and you are good to go. That is not the case, especially with me. My LLMD told me that I am so chronic that I will need to be treated for a minimum of 3 years for this Lyme (ever changing medications, some antibiotics and some natropath) Well 2 weeks ago I started my antibiotics and I am doing exactly what the Lyme community says I would be doing and that is herxing (the lyme bacteria dies off and your body gets ill from the dead bacteria in it, so one needs to be sure to detox to rid your body of the dead cells) That is another story and can be read on the Lyme blogs and such.

Anyway, what I am getting at, is I highly suggest you get tested to Lyme disease. Even if you don't ever recall getting bitten by a tick. I pray you are negative unlike me, but when I read all your posts, I swear I am reading about myself.

Good luck, and keep us posted

Charliebug

sb8880
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   Posted 9/3/2015 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Charliebug - You're the 2nd person who has suggested this! I did ask the rheumy and she totally dismissed the idea of it, and wouldn't test for it.
How do I go about getting tested? What is the cost? I don't mind paying out of pocket as long as it's not going force me to sell my first-born. lol

My hands at this point definitely show signs of Reynauds, but when I showed them to the doc she said its (get this)...carpal tunnel. Never ever any prior symptoms or problems with either wrist, but for some reason she believes I woke up one morning and BOTH wrists were effected during the night. Really? The odds of that? And my wrists are okay, it's my hands that are very painful. And how exactly does carpal tunnel affect my other joints in the lower extremities? She sent me on my way with a referral to a hand doc so I can have an unneeded surgery I guess. Needless to say, I'm not going.

Definitely have to find out more about this Lyme testing. Anything you can offer as to how to proceed will be appreciated!

Thanks!!!!!!!

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   Posted 9/3/2015 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Humm. Might want to get a second opinion from another rheumy, this one sounds a little ... "unusual" in her conclusions.
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